…An Embrace of Freedom

i am free

My prayer, today, is that we embrace the freedom we’ve been given, as a gift, in Christ. May we boldly receive His forgiveness, declare “I am free”, live in it and love one another through it. Press play to hear the song on my heart.

You’re the reason I have hope / You’re everything I need and more / You made me / You made me free 

Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. Galatians 5:1 (MSG)

…New, Fantastic Season

Spring

Ok y’all, today is officially the first day of spring! That is, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere of the Earth. At 7:02 am EDT this morning, during a moment referred to as “vernal equinox”, the sun shone directly over the equator; the length of both day and night were about equal; and this new season officially began.

With the start of spring, comes more daylight, warmer temperatures, peonies blooming (never mind the shameless plug for my favorite flower, which happens to be regarded as a Chinese symbol of spring), birds chirping (way too early in the morning), worms emerging and butterflies flying. The transition to new life occurs and spring, in all of its wonderful charm, symbolizes rebirth, resurrection and regrowth.

The arrival of this season has been celebrated for thousands of years. In the past, many rejoiced  for the simple reason of restoration of food and warmth. It is known that Egyptians built the Great Sphinx to point directly toward the rising sun on the day of the vernal equinox; Iranians recognize the New Year, known as Nowruz, on this day; and amongst many other celebrations, the Japanese joyfully observe the arrival of spring with a holiday called Higan.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Jesus wants us to experience the bliss of such a time as this. As we embrace the first day of spring, what are you relishing and eagerly expecting? What time is it that you are claiming in your life? Let’s anticipate great things as we walk into this new, fantastic season. Bring the restoration! Bring the renewal! Bring the rejuvenation! Bring the new life! Bring the spring!